Relaxing Creatively

Recently, I have been exploring organic forms, especially orchids. I have also been investigating new art materials and techniques. Here is a day I recorded, of my afternoon of watercolor painting, after my new set of watercolors arrived. It focuses around an orchid I received for Valentine’s Day.

 

As you can see, it starts with a relaxing combination of teas–sipped throughout the process. Then relishing my lovely new watercolor set. (I love to play with new art materials!) Followed by a sepia-toned sketch. Next, layering-in colors lightly and then finally, full color. All in my handmade paper sketchbook. Then, I went to mixed media board and did a dissection of the petals, using the watercolors, some inks and charcoal (featured image).

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New Artist Portal and Gallery

With the New Year of 2018, I’ve decided to dedicate more time to getting my art out into the world and out of the studio. To the end, I joined Saatchi Art. It’s fun having a new space in which I can share my work. Primarily, I’m showing my latest work from the last part of 2017.

This mixed media drawing is called “Eyes Wide Open.” It is a diptych of 30″ x 44″ and was created in 2017. The drawing depicts a flower bouquet in a Neo-Cubist Expressive style. The end result is an Organic Abstraction. My goal was to encourage movement and cultivate an abundance of vibrant colors.

Memorial Day at Deer Lake

Having visited Deer Lake, Wisconsin, near the border of Minnesota, several times, I’m feeling as though I’m starting to understand the way land and water come together. Here are a few of the mixed media paintings and a drawing I did there, over the past week:

New Spring-Inspired Abstracts

This is a sampling of my newest work, inspired by spring, the Cubists, and Looney Tune cartoons. From left to right “Crazy Kitty,” “Largess” bottom image is titled “Imagine.” The top image is called “Hum” and is acrylic on linen. Other images are mixed media on paper.

Spring Cleaning

Since our weather is incredibly mild for February, I’ve gotten spring on the mind. I’m cleaning my studio today, thoroughly. Getting it ready for a fresh new body of work, starting tomorrow. I’m thinking it’s time to give the flowers and still life a rest. Time for something new:

Conceptual Art using Portraiture. A series potentially called Specimens of a Negro.

 

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Will be back to share, as the process develops.

Tight Clams

I enjoy the fertile area between abstraction and representation. These two clams, done in chalk pastel, nestle comfortably in that region. They both explore mark-making and through composition you can get lost in the drawing process.

These were done from life, using live clams. Working from life and living creatures is something I truly enjoy. I spent a lot of time exploring the subtle, sandy colors of the shells, at the same time, not letting them get mired in monotony. Touches of red and green helped give a subtle pop.

The client has indicated they like these images. Only time will tell, the final decision.

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Shell Studies

This is the start of a new still life series, featuring oysters, clams and abalone. It began as sketches for a potential commission for a seafood restaurant. Many of these are finalists in the selection, but there is a great deal of competition. Fingers crossed it will go through and my work will be selected. If so, I will be painting some of these on a very large-scale to face off to the street, through a window.

Several of these are done on painted paper, that was relatively difficult to use, as it had no texture to grab onto the pastels. The others done using a textured watercolor paper, with an array of pastel colors.

Back to the studio today to do more. Will share again, as things develop.